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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Marion County until 8:15 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:37

*THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 736 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTH OF WESTON…OR 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF
HAMILTON…AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WESTON…HACKLEBURG…BRINN…PIGEYE AND TESSNER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE
HAIL. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY INSIDE A
STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Evening Update

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:43

We continue to monitor a few strong and locally severe storms across Alabama this evening. All storms this afternoon and evening have been confined to the northern third of the state and north of the Intestate 59 corridor. Storms today have been pulsing up in intensity for a few minutes but then pulsing down. Very strong and robust updrafts have been occurring with these storms and these storms have been producing very large hail in areas they have affected. Numerous reports of hail up to the size of golf balls across portions of Wintson, Walker, and Cullman counties. Storms continue to move off towards the east to northeast rapidly.

The SPC maintains much of North Alabama under a slight risk for severe weather through the overnight hours (areas outline in green above). Looking at the overall dynamics in the area below, there is ample CAPE in portions of Arkansas, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. We are waiting to see if additional storms develop back to the northwest, and these will be watched carefully as instability remains robust in the areas outlined in the risk. However, as the sun sets, storm coverage and intensity should begin to diminish slowly as instability values decrease do to the loss of daytime heating. We should see storms last a few more hours, before winding down before midnight. Latest mesoscale discussion from the SPC suggest a severe weather watch will not be needed for this event across Alabama.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman County until 6:45 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:12

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 610 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE. THIS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…BAILEYTON…
FAIRVIEW…WALTER…JOPPA AND PHELAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL JUST
SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY OF CULLMAN. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY
STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman County until 6:15 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:45

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 615 PM CDT

* AT 544 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT
30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…ARAB…HOLLY POND…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON…EVA…
FAIRVIEW…EDDY…RYAN CROSSROADS AND JOPPA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman County until 6:15 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:43

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 615 PM CDT

* AT 542 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HELICON…OR 9 MILES EAST OF
ARLEY…AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…DODGE CITY…BALDWIN…CRANE
HILL…PHELAN…LOGAN AND SMITH LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman County until 5:45 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:56

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 454 PM CDT…PUBLIC REPORTS INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
PRODUCING LARGE HAIL UP TO PING PONG BALL SIZE. THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED OVER ADDISON…OR NEAR ARLEY…AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…GOOD HOPE…SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…WEST POINT…
JONES CHAPEL…BATTLEGROUND…PHELAN AND LOGAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF GOLF
BALLS IN HALEYVILLE IN WINSTON COUNTY. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A
STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Walker/Winston until 5:30 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:46

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 445 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SECOND
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
NAUVOO AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ARLEY…POPLAR SPRINGS…MCDOWELL CAMP GROUNDS…CORINTH REC
AREA…CURRY…FALLS CITY…LAKE SHORE AND LUPTON.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 39 THROUGH 46…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Winston County until 5:15 PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:38

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 437 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
WINSTON FREE STATE BARN…OR 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF ARLEY…AND
MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MORELAND…BRUSHY LAKE…INMANFIELD…ADDISON…HELICON…
NESMITH…SARDIS AND WINSTON COUNTY AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE
HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Marion/Winston until 4:30PM

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:52

UPDATE: Very large hail remains the primary threat with storms this afternoon. There is a report out of Haleyville in Winston County of golf ball size hail.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 351 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BRINN…OR
9 MILES WEST OF HALEYVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HALEYVILLE…NEEDMORE…ASHRIDGE…BEAR CREEK…DELMAR…POSEY
FIELD AIRPORT…WEISS AND PEBBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Scattered Storms Through Tomorrow

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:47

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RADAR CHECK: One strong storm earlier today developed over Calhoun County, producing small hail north of Anniston at places like Weaver; that storm is well into Georgia, and moving away. However, new storms have fired up over Northwest Alabama, and hail has also been reported in Marion County.

The storms are moving east/northeast, and due to very cold air aloft (500 mb temperatures down to -15C), hail is very possible in the stronger storms for the next several hours. SPC maintains the standard “slight risk” of severe weather for North Alabama due to this potential. Storms should weaken later tonight as the air becomes more stable.

TOMORROW: Another wave will rotate down the back side of the big upper trough over the eastern U.S., and we will need to keep the risk of scattered storms in the forecast. The high resolution NAM suggests the highest coverage of storms will actually come during the morning hours, but they are possible basically at any time during the day; the high will be in the 77-80 degree range with the sky occasionally cloudy.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: These three days will be warm with highs up in the low to mid 80s. We can’t rule out a shower or storm on any day, but they will be widely spaced, and mainly over the northern third of the state. An approaching cold front will push an organized band of showers and storms into North Alabama Friday night, but that front will stall out somewhere around the Alabama/Tennessee border.

THE WEEKEND: The stalled front will be just north of here, meaning some risk of at least scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday, with the best coverage along and north of I-20. This won’t be a continuous rain, and not a “wash out”, but if you have outdoor plans just be aware some rain is very possible at times. Our highs will be in the 77 to 81 degree range. South Alabama looks mostly warm and dry for the weekend.

See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week. We do note there has been some consistency in the idea of a tropical system forming near the Yucatan coast in about 6-8 days, with a northward motion into the Gulf of Mexico. Way too early to know if this happens at all; see the video for more details.

NATIONAL SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The weather could not be better for the big event at Gulf Shores; look for sunny warm days, and fair pleasant nights Thursday through Sunday with only a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon. Highs in the 80s; lows in the 60s. Sea water temperatures are in the 78-81 degree range.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I had a great time today visiting the 1st graders at Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Watch Possible for North Alabama

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:30

AREAS AFFECTED…TN…MS…AL

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH POSSIBLE

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…40 PERCENT

SUMMARY…ISOLATED TO SCATTERED SEVERE STORMS WITH HAIL APPEAR
POSSIBLE ACROSS PARTS OF THE TN VALLEY INTO THIS EVENING. ACTIVITY
BEGINNING TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED
WITH A WATCH POSSIBLE IF AN INCREASE IN STORM COVERAGE/ORGANIZATION
IS NOTED.

DISCUSSION…STRONGER DESTABILIZATION HAS OCCURRED ACROSS THE TN
VALLEY IN RECENT HOURS AS CI CANOPY AND DEBRIS CLOUDINESS FROM
EARLIER CONVECTION HAS BEGUN TO CLEAR THE AREA. SOMEWHAT MOIST
SOUTHWESTERLY LOW LEVEL FLOW AND CONTINUED HEATING MAY BOOST MLCAPE
ABOVE 1000 J/KG AS NEW STORM DEVELOPMENT OCCURS ALONG WEAK RESIDUAL
BOUNDARY LEFT IN THE WAKE OF EARLIER STORMS. STRONGER MID-LEVEL
FLOW…HEIGHT FALLS…AND COLDER AIR ALOFT WILL BRUSH THE REGION AS
A POTENT SHORTWAVE TROUGH PASSES TO THE NORTH. THESE INFLUENCES MAY
ACT TO PROMOTE ADDITIONAL STORM DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT 1-3 HOURS.
PRIMARILY UNIDIRECTIONAL SHEAR ON THE ORDER OF 30-40 KT WILL SUPPORT
UPDRAFT ORGANIZATION/PERSISTENCE WITH A COUPLE OF SUPERCELLS AND/OR
SPLITTING CELLS POSSIBLE. GENERALLY WEAK AND VEERED LOW-LEVEL FLOW
SHOULD TEMPER ANY TORNADO THREAT BUT A COUPLE OF LONGER-LIVED CELLS
COULD POSE A THREAT FOR HAIL. ACTIVITY TRENDS WILL BE MONITORED FOR
AN INCREASE IN COVERAGE/INTENSITY WITH A WATCH POSSIBLE IF THESE
TRENDS BECOME MORE EVIDENT.

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Moist Air Returns To Alabama Today

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 06:29

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AT DAYBREAK: Still pretty chilly over Northeast Alabama this morning with low to mid 40s reported from Gadsden up to Fort Payne. We note over the weekend our Skywatcher at Black Creek, Vic Bell, dropped to freezing early yesterday (his low was 32), his earliest freeze on record. There was scattered frost across the colder valleys yesterday morning. Nothing on radar over Alabama as the new day dawns.

THE DAY AHEAD: We are watching a line of showers and strong storms just northwest of Alabama…

These showers will slowly weaken, but some of them will move into the northwest corner of Alabama this morning. These showers and storms are ahead of a spoke of energy rotating down the back side of the long wave upper trough over the eastern half of the U.S. And, that wave will bring the chance of showers and storms to North Alabama later today and tonight.

STRONG STORMS? SPC has North Alabama, areas generally north of I-59, under the standard “slight risk” of severe weather for this afternoon and tonight; this risk extends west and north to Texas and Kentucky. Shear and instability values are somewhat marginal for severe weather in our state, but very cold air aloft, associated with the upper trough, seems to be the biggest flag, meaning the greatest threat will come from large hail, especially north of I-20 and west of I-65.

The main window for stronger storms will come from about 2:00 until 9:00 p.m. We will watch radar trends closely.

TOMORROW: Another wave embedded in the large upper trough will pass north of the state, and we will mention scattered showers and storms tomorrow, mainly north of I-20. The sun might peek out at times tomorrow, and the high should be in the 77-81 degree range. No “all day” rain.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Wednesday and Thursday look relatively dry and warm. A few showers could fire up Thursday afternoon over North Alabama as isentropic lift increases over the state, but widespread rain doesn’t look especially likely for now. Afternoon temperatures will rise into the low to mid 80s on these days. Then, on Friday, a cold front will approach from the north. The GFS suggests a band of showers and storms could move into our state late Friday afternoon and Friday night. This could mean some rain issues for high school football games across North Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The front sags down into North Alabama, and becomes stationary as it will be parallel to the upper air flow. This means we will have the chance of a few passing showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. The rain won’t be continuous, but you will need to be ready for occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm if you have something planned outdoors. High temperatures over the weekend will be in the 75-79 degree range, about average for mid-October in Alabama. Probably not much sun.

See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week. The hurricane season runs through the end of November, but generally after October hurricanes are not very common as the ocean water temperatures cool.

GULF COAST WEATHER: The National Shrimp Festival is this Thursday through Sunday on the Alabama Gulf Coast… one of the biggest events of the year. The weather looks great, with mostly sunny days and fair nights; only a small risk of a shower Sunday. Highs will be in the 80s, and lows in the 60s. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this morning has cooled to 72 degrees.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I have a weather program today at Liberty Park Elementary School in Vestavia Hills… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Chilly Start But a Warm Afternoon

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 07:43

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It was a chilly start to this Sunday morning with some light frost reported across the northeast quadrant of Alabama. Skywatcher Vic Bell at Black Creek reported a low of 32 degrees, his earliest freeze ever by about four days. With clear skies we should see the morning chill give way to a warm afternoon as highs climb into the middle 70s.

The surface high will slide east and northeast of us Monday allowing a quick return of warm moist air to our west and northwest. This quick return along with a strong short wave moving through the trough situated over the eastern US will set the stage for possible severe weather in a fairly narrow band just to our north and northwest. SPC has outlined a slight risk area that encompasses places like Nashville, Memphis, Tupelo, Muscle Shoals, and Huntsville. CAPE and helicity values support the idea of supercell development. Cold air aloft will support a large hail threat while the shear also supports a tornado threat.

The fast moving short wave will zip by Tuesday ending the threat of rain and storms. But the pattern remains challenging as we come under a brief period of ridging for Wednesday and Thursday before we have to deal with the remnants of Simon. The GFS suggests a weak disturbance, remnants of Simon, will move across the Lower Mississippi River Valley on Friday and Saturday bringing clouds and showers to Central Alabama. The moisture will stick around into Sunday before another short wave coming out of the Central Plains will bring an end to rain chances early into voodoo country.

For beach goers, the weather looks dry for much of the week ahead with highs in the lower 80s and lows around 70. Gulf water temperature continues to be in the lower to middle 70s along the Alabama and Northwest Florida coastline.

Looking into week 2, the GFS is sowing another substantial trough around the 14th/15th time frame with the potential for some tropical mischief. This is voodoo country after all. The trough over the eastern US remains the look out to the 20th.

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James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video here on Monday morning. Enjoy another wonderful Fall day as our temperatures warm up. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Severe Clear

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 13:28

Across the state of Alabama, you could not ask for better weather for this first weekend of October. A sun-filled, cobalt blue sky, with temperatures in the 60s and dew points in the 30s, make this what we call a Chamber of Commerce Day. A northerly wind continues to bring cooler and drier weather into the state, and it is feeling like fall throughout the Southeast.

The rest of today, expect more of the same, and once the sun sets this afternoon, temperatures are going to drop like a rock. Lows tonight will be down into the low 40s for most of the area, with upper 30s showing up in many spots north of Interstate 20. This gorgeous weather will last through the day Sunday with highs likely in the lower to mid-70s.

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A Chilly Start

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:57

The 49F at the Birmingham Airport is the coolest morning since May 3 when it was 46F at the Birmingham Airport.

Here are some lows from across the state this morning:

39F…Russellville
41F…Fort Payne, Bankhead Natiional Forest
42F…Decatur, Muscle Shoals
43F…Cullman/Vinemont, Valley Head
44F…Huntsville, Scottsboro, Crossville
45F…Albertville
49F…Birmingham, Tuscaloosa
50F…Calera, Anniston

Temperatures across the Central part of the state will be a few degrees colder tomorrow morning. The projected low at BHM tomorrow morning is 41F. There will be several more readings in the 30s as well.

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Nice Cool Weekend Shaping Up

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:38

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After a stormy start to the day on Friday, the colder air with the front has been slow to arrive, but a steady north wind has brought some of the coldest air of the season to the Southeast US for us to enjoy this weekend. Look for highs to rise into the middle 60s with plenty of sunshine today. Clear skies Sunday morning will allow temperatures to fall into the lower 40s with some spots dipping into the 30s. These normally chillier locations might even see a bit of frost, but it doesn’t look like it will be widespread for us.

Weather for football today will be fabulous. Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game that kicks off at 2:30 in Oxford, MS. The weather will be great with plenty of sunshine and a temperature of about 68 degrees at kickoff with low humidity and a pleasant north breeze. Temperatures will fall to near 60 degrees by the final whistle. Auburn hosts LSU this evening (6:00 pm kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. A perfect night for football with a clear sky; 60 degrees at kickoff, with lower 50s by the second half, so a jacket will be in order. And UAB plays at Western Kentucky this evening (6:00 pm kickoff) where it will be a clear with a cool night in Bowling Green with 55 degrees at kickoff, then about 45 degrees by the fourth quarter. Anyone going to this game will need a jacket.

The deep upper trough will stay in place through Monday, but the surface high will move across to the Southeast US coast on Monday bringing a rather quick return of warm, moist weather. An impulse moving through the trough will bring scattered thunderstorms to North Alabama Monday evening and into our area Tuesday. This should be a fairly fast moving system which will rapidly exit to the northeast Tuesday evening. An upper ridge will build briefly into the area and this will bring dry weather once again to the area on Wednesday.

Moisture coming out of the Pacific along with a weak disturbance, the remnants of Simon, promises to bring rain back into the picture for Friday and Saturday. This is edging on voodoo country, and there are model differences this far out, so the forecast is likely to require some adjustment as this whole system evolves as we get closer to the end of the week. For now, it looks like some wet weather will be returning.

Weather at the beach looks great for the next several days but cooler. Highs today and Sunday will be in the 70s warming into the lower 80s for next week. Low temperatures will be in the 50s for the weekend but warming into the 60s for Monday through Friday. Small chance of showers on Tuesday and again by Friday.

Looking into Week 2 or voodoo country, the pattern remains pretty active according to the GFS with another deep trough around the 14th and general troughiness over the eastern US after that.

Tropics remain quiet in the Atlantic Basin while Simon churns just off the coast of Mexico.

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James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted by 8 am or so on Sunday. Enjoy this glorious Fall day. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Chilly Air Moves In Tonight

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:50

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am headed to Pinson where I will be live on ABC 33/40 at 4, 5, and 6:00 from the Alabama Butterbean Festival**

RAIN IS OUT; COOLER AIR MOVING IN: The rain is mostly out of our state at mid-afternoon, and clouds are breaking up over the western counties as drier air moves in…

Temperatures will drop quickly this evening with a brisk northwest wind developing; we project a low in the mid 40s early tomorrow for most communities.

COOL WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be sunny, breezy, and cool; some spots north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 50s. The north wind will average 12-22 mph, with higher gusts possible. The low early Sunday will be in the 38-42 degree range; the record low for Birmingham for October 5 is 38 degrees set in 1987… we will be very close to that. Sunday will be sunny and pleasant with a high generally in the low 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Another lobe of energy rotating down the back side of the eastern U.S. upper trough could bring a few scattered showers Monday night or Tuesday, but rain amounts should be generally light and spotty with limited moisture.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The sky will be mostly fair for the high school games tonight, but the weather will be breezy and cooler with temperatures falling from the mid 60s at kickoff into the 50s by the second half of the games. A jacket is in order.

Tomorrow, Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game that kicks off at 2:30 in Oxford. The weather could not be better. Total sunshine, about 68 degrees at kickoff with low humidity and a pleasant north breeze. Temperatures will fall to near 60 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts LSU tomorrow evening (6:00p kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Again, a perfect night for football. A clear sky; 60 degrees at kickoff, with low 50s by the second half. Zero chance of rain. A jacket will be in order.

UAB plays at Western Kentucky tomorrow evening (6:00p kickoff)… it will be a clear, cool night in Bowling Green with 55 degrees at kickoff, then about 45 degrees by the fourth quarter.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A glorious weekend is ahead with sunny days and fair nights; highs will be in the 70s tomorrow and Sunday with a cloudless sky. Most of next week looks rain-free as well.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin.

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Rain Ending Today; A Very Cool Weekend Ahead

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:14

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RADAR CHECK: Heavier storms are pushing through East Alabama at daybreak, and are well below severe limits. But, they are producing heavy rain and a good bit of lightning…

We had a few scattered power outages during the early morning hours, but generally speaking the storms came through the state with very few problems. And, the rain will end from west to east late this morning as the surface cold front moves on to the east, and most places will be dry this afternoon.

A CHILL IN THE AIR: The coldest air so far this season arrives tonight with a brisk north wind. We drop into the 41-45 degree range early tomorrow morning, and by daybreak Sunday, we expect lows between 38 and 42 for most communities… that will be our coldest morning since April 16. Tomorrow will be brilliantly sunny, but breezy and cool with a high in the 60s, we reach the 70s Sunday afternoon as the sky remains sunny.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave rotating through the base of the upper trough over the eastern U.S. could bring a shower or two by Monday night and Tuesday, but moisture will limited and rain amounts should be light and spotty. The latter half of the week looks dry and pleasant… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The sky will be mostly fair for the high school games tonight, but the weather will be breezy and cooler with temperatures falling from the mid 60s at kickoff into the 50s by the second half of the games. A jacket is in order.

Tomorrow, Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game that kicks off at 2:30 in Oxford. The weather could not be better. Total sunshine, about 68 degrees at kickoff with low humidity and a pleasant north breeze. Temperatures will fall to near 60 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts LSU tomorrow evening (6:00p kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Again, a perfect night for football. A clear sky; 60 degrees at kickoff, with low 50s by the second half. Zero chance of rain. A jacket will be in order.

UAB plays at Western Kentucky tomorrow evening (6:00p kickoff)… it will be a clear, cool night in Bowling Green with 55 degrees at kickoff, then about 45 degrees by the fourth quarter.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers and storms are likely today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, a glorious weekend with sunny days and fair nights; highs will be in the 70s Saturday and Sunday with a cloudless sky. Most of next week looks rain-free as well.

TROPICS: All remains quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin over the next few days.

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Heavy Storms Pushing Across Central Alabama

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 04:47

Heavy thunderstorms continue pushing eastward across the area early this morning.

The strongest storms extend along I-59 from Gadsden to Trussville, then bowing out to the east across eastern St. Clair entering Talladega County. This bowing segment has the highest chance to produce damaging wind gusts. No reports of serious damage were received from the greater Birmingham Metro from these storms, but they are capable of producing winds of 45 mph which can break tree limbs and do minor damage.

The storms extend from the bow back through Shelby County to near Montevallo into Chilton County near Jemison. They extend southwest from there.

Other strong storms extend from western Bibb County across much of Hale County.

A large area of light to moderate rain extends behind the main thunderstorm activity.

This morning’s thunderstorm activity has outrun its upper level support and should slowly weaken. The front is still well back to the west, extending from Little Rock to Shreveport. More storms will form this afternoon ahead of the front, but it will be over southeastern parts of the area, along and south of I-85.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Jefferson, Bibb and Shelby

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 03:40

Storms from North Johns to West Blocton are potentially severe this morning, prompting the NWS to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

These storms will move northeast across much of the Birmingham Metro area.

Be alert for the potential for damaging winds as these storms pass.

There will also be torrential rains, deadly lighting and even some hail.

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